Paris Match
Volume One


3.5
great

Review

by Kevin K USER (56 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2012 | 10 replies | 1,804 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sweet and sunny summer swaying.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Describing sound by imagery isn’t quite accurate one-hundred percent of the time, but here’s a simple scene to go by: Sun beating down, umbrella overhead, sunglasses donned, and a martini in hand. On the beach, in a cabana…the location is interchangeable but picture this sedative, tropical daze when you think of a sound like Paris Match’s, because they’re simply a perfect fit.

Who is Paris Match, you ask? Simply put, they are a smooth jazz group hailing from Nagoya, Japan with an accessible pop tinge. The instrumentation is exotic and elegant, and the vocals are gentle and relaxing. They are hardly an “album” band, as all of their songs could have easily been on any other album in their discography, but concept isn’t anything to look for in their music. Their laid-back, tropical atmosphere and charisma is the greatest prize to be found here (as opposed to earth-shattering deviance or challenging avant garde-isms), and luckily, it’s very easy to engage with.

What Paris Match does best is create soothing, semi-tropical jazz tunes with an excellent eye for catchiness and melody. The music is extremely easy to listen to thanks to its breezy, carefree nature, and the way the songs stay on their silky smooth course throughout the entire album. On the other hand, there is an obvious lack of surprises that can sweep the listener off their feet, but I feel that calling the album “predictable” is a little unfair because the goal here isn’t to achieve eccentricity, in fact it’s the opposite. Plus, all the feet-sweeping is done through the graceful, addictive vocals performed by Mari Mizuno, which can often be so effective with their sedative lure that seemingly nothing else in the world matters besides the temporal paradise you’ve been drawn into. Exaggeration or not, when you let Paris Match’s sound draw you in, there’s no escaping simply because you won’t want to.

Their biggest disadvantage, then, stems from a noticeable lack of variety. Seldom does the band take risks with their music, which is generally derived from the same instrumental palette and style. Mizuno’s vocal talent doesn’t lie in her versatility, but rather her penchant for weaving beautiful melodies, so listeners should be wary that she sounds very similar on most of the band’s albums. Instead, all the variety can be found in the melody, not the aesthetic, so tolerant listeners can find a consistently excellent discography to enjoy. As far as Volume One is concerned, not only can a few of the group’s best songs can be found here, but you’ll get a full taste of everything, from the songs you can let simmer in the background to change moods (track 3 “風のうまれる*所で”, “After the Rain”) to the ones you’ll be more attentive to thanks to soothing, sultry vocal hooks (“Flower”, “I’m Still Lost in You”), so it doubles as a great place to start listening to the band.

While similar-sounding albums blend together into something like a giant beach house playlist, Volume One contains a great pack of bossanova/jazz tunes from a greater library of delicate, melodic vacation music. Ultimately, my point is that it’s not just this album, but this band, that deserves attention from any martini-sipping sunbather, or just about anyone with a taste for graceful smooth jazz, because it’s simply too good to be missed.



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WashboardSuds
March 21st 2012



4993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

enjoy the review

here's (I'm still) Lost in You:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wcjdG8F3iU
Flower:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U97oMKyJyxA
After the Rain:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4urY2bNBYRQ&feature=related

Digging: Gas - Nah und Fern

WashboardSuds
March 22nd 2012



4993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hi sputnik

AsoTamaki
March 22nd 2012



2525 Comments


Lol, you're looking lonely in here...

Pos for the effort. Good music. Good review.

WashboardSuds
March 22nd 2012



4993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

man, you're telling me...I thought this was gonna fall right through the cracks, lol.

oh well, I appreciate it though man.

AsoTamaki
March 22nd 2012



2525 Comments


Hahaha. It's cool you review this stuff though. Maybe some of the lurkers will pick up on it. You never know.

This one isn't at the top of my list, but it's hard to pick and choose best albums with them. Their whole discog is very consistent in both style and quality like you said. Saturday and 潮騒 are definitely my favorite tracks. Desert Moon is amazing as well.

WashboardSuds
March 22nd 2012



4993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ha, yeah, that's what I'm hoping.

and I agree, it ain't easy picking favorites cause like I said they aren't really an "album band", and all their material sounds pretty similar (not necessarily in a bad way, mind you). I'd say the closest thing to my favorite is After Six and this comes close behind.

by the way, have you by chance listened to Orange Pekoe before?

AsoTamaki
March 22nd 2012



2525 Comments


Yeah, exactly. Love their album titles btw. Haha.

I know of them and might've heard songs in the past, but I actually don't have any of their music. Do they have any standout albums or is it a similar deal with them?

WashboardSuds
March 22nd 2012



4993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah, I like the numbering of the titles, haha

they're a bit more exotic and bossanova-influenced if you're into that thing, but a similar tropical jazz mix like these guys. I tend to youtube most of their songs so the only full albums I've heard are their debut and their newest release, but both are excellent.

also check this song out, I really love this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt0OPTClXHM

AsoTamaki
March 22nd 2012



2525 Comments


Very nice. Tropical feel for sure. Will look into them a bit more during the summer! I don't particularly listen to that style often, but Monday Michiru does some of that and she's one of my favorite artists. You should check her out if you haven't heard: http://youtu.be/EUQIFMWHCR0

WashboardSuds
March 22nd 2012



4993 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yup I've heard of her, just haven't given her a listen until you posted that song. which is quite good, btw. feels really similar to PM, so I should give her music some more attention



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